Best New Midwest Attractions: 2009
Spin your wheels in a new direction
Wisconsin -- The 40-mile Badger State Trail, opened in 2007, now links Illinois and Wisconsin. Coursing through country scenes, the warm-weather path follows a former railroad line south of Madison. Organizers recommend bringing a light for the trip through the 1,200-foot, curved Stewart Tunnel.
Indianapolis -- The city's newest track doesn't require Indy 500 horsepower. Take a bike (or walk) across pavers on the downtown Cultural Trail's first leg, five blocks of landscaped, side-by-side walking and biking paths. When completed in 2012, the eight-mile path punctuated with public art will navigate Indy's core neighborhoods and attractions.